Clinging

37. Chia Jên / The Family [The Clan]

above SUN THE GENTLE, WIND
below LI THE CLINGING, FIRE

The hexagram represents the laws obtaining within the family. The strong line at the top represents the father, the lowest the son. The strong line in the fifth place represents the husband, the yielding second line the wife. On the other hand, the tow strong lines in the fifth and the third place represent two brothers, and the two weak lines correlated with them in the fourth and the second place stand for their respective wives. Thus all the connections and relationships within the family find their appropriate expression. Each individual line has the character according with its place. The fact that a strong line occupies the sixth place-where a weak line might be expected-indicates very clearly the strong leadership that must come from the head of the family. The line is to be considered here not in its quality as the sixth but in its quality as the top line. THE FAMILY shows the laws operative within the household that, transferred to outside life, keep the state and the world in order. The influence that goes out from within the family is represented by the symbol of the wind created by fire.

THE JUDGMENT

THE FAMILY. The perseverance of the woman furthers.

The foundation of the family is the relationship between husband and wife. The tie that hold the family together lies in the loyalty and perseverance of the wife. The tie that holds the family together lies in the loyalty and perseverance of the wife. Her place is within (second line), while that of the husband is without (fifth line). It is in accord with the great laws of nature that husband and wife take their proper places. Within the family a strong authority is needed; this is represented by the parents. If the father is really a father and the son a son, if the elder brother fulfills his position, and the younger fulfills his, if the husband is really a husband and the wife a wife, then the family is in order. When the family is in order, all the social relationships of mankind will be in order.
Three of the five social relationships are to be found within the family-that between father and son, which is the relation of love, that between the husband and wife, which is the relation of chaste conduct, and that between elder and younger brother, which is the relation of correctness. The loving reverence of the son is then carried over to the prince in the form of faithfulness to duty; the affection and correctness of behavior existing between the two brothers are extended to a friend in the form of loyalty, and to a person of superior rank in the form of deference. The family is society in the embryo; it is the native soil on which performance of moral duty is made early through natural affection, so that within a small circle a basis of moral practice is created, and this is later widened to include human relationships in general.

THE IMAGE

Wind comes forth from fire:
The image of THE FAMILY.
Thus the superior man has substance in his words
And duration in his way of life.

Heat creates energy: this is signified by the wind stirred up by the fire and issuing forth form it. This represents influence working from within outward. The same thing is needed in the regulation of the family. Here too the influence on others must proceed form one’s own person. In order to be capable of producing such an influence, one’s words must have power, and this they can have only if they are based on something real, just as flame depends on its fuel Words have influence only when they are pertinent and clearly related to definite circumstances. General discourses and admonitions have no effect whatsoever. Furthermore, the words must be supported by one’s entire conduct, just as the wind is made effective by am impression on others that they can adapt and conform to it. If words and conduct are not in accord and consistent, they will have no effect.

THE LINES

Six in the fourth place means:
She is the treasure of the house.
Great good fortune.

It is upon the woman of the house that the well-being of the family depends. Well-being prevails when expenditures and income are soundly balanced. This leads to great good fortune. In the sphere of public life, this line refers to the faithful steward whose measures further the general welfare.

° Nine in the fifth place means:
As a king he approaches his family.
Fear not.
Good fortune.

A king is the symbol of a fatherly man who is richly endowed in mind. He does nothing to make himself feared; on the contrary, the whole family can trust him, because love governs their intercourse. His character of itself exercises the right influence.

30. Li / The Clinging, Fire

above LI THE CLINGING, FIRE
below LI THE CLINGING, FIRE

This hexagram is another double sign. The trigram Li means “to cling to something,” and also “brightness.” A dark line clings to two light lines, one above and one below–the image of an empty space between two strong lines, whereby the two strong lines are made bright. The trigram represents the middle daughter. The Creative has incorporated the central line of the Receptive, and thus Li develops. As an image, it is fire. Fire has no definite form but clings to the burning object and thus is bright. As water pours down from heaven, so fire flames up from the earth. While K’an means the soul shut within the body, Li stands for nature in its radiance.

THE JUDGMENT

THE CLINGING. Perseverance furthers.
It brings success.
Care of the cow brings good fortune.

What is dark clings to what is light and so enhances the brightness of the latter. A luminous thing giving out light must have within itself something that perseveres; otherwise it will in time burn itself out. Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine.
Thus the sun and moon cling to heaven, and grain, grass, and trees cling to the earth. So too the twofold clarity of the dedicated man clings to what is right and thereby can shape the world. Human life on earth is conditioned and unfree, and when man recognizes this limitation and makes himself dependent upon the harmonious and beneficent forces of the cosmos, he achieves success. The cow is the symbol of extreme docility. By cultivating in himself an attitude of compliance and voluntary dependence, man acquires clarity without sharpness and finds his place in the world.

THE IMAGE

That which is bright rises twice:
The image of FIRE.
Thus the great man, by perpetuating this brightness,
Illumines the four quarters of the world.

Each of the two trigrams represents the sun in the course of a day. The two together represent the repeated movement of the sun, the function of light with respect to time. The great man continues the work of nature in the human world. Through the clarity of his nature he causes the light to spread farther and farther and to penetrate the nature of man ever more deeply.

Published on September 7, 2018 at 6:00 by

Courgette Brownies

In the busy time of making the batter for the brownies, i forgot to make photos of each phase. So i only have a photo of the wet ingredients. Well, it is not that difficult. I used this recipe on Great British Chefs as a source. I left out some of the spices, the cardamom and pistachio nuts. Still is pretty good to me. I will make another photo once they are done. There are of course many more recipes for courgette (zucchini for you US people) brownies to be found. I have made other ones before. One of my favourite baking websites Joy of Baking has many different options for any type of brownie you want!

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 160g of light muscovado sugar
  • 60g of oil, flavourless, such as vegetable or rice bran, or in my case, sunflower
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 45g of cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 130g of spelt flour, or plain flour
  • 2 courgettes, or 1 large courgettes, grated
  • 100g of dark chocolate chips

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 4. Grease a 20x20cm baking tin and line with baking parchment
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt, sugars, oil and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the cocoa, baking powder and flour
  • Sift this into the wet mixture and fold gently to combine. Fold in the grated courgettes and chocolate chips, and mix until just combined
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30–40 minutes, until the batter has set and springs back when pressed in the middle. Leave to cool
  • I leave the brownie to cool overnight in the fridge, i like the fudgy feel it gets then, but if you can not control yourself, slice into 16 squares straightaway and enjoy!

Published on September 6, 2018 at 6:00 by

Sunshine in my room

A hectic day. In my head at least.

I overslept a bit, got in the garden half an hour later. Did some weeding. Harvested beans and courgettes. Sang a song.

Back home i made myself something to eat. I played a bit of warcraft. I listened to music. Still am listening. Thinking thoughts. No idea if this will ever happen. No idea if i will ever say what i think. I hope so.

I really do hope. Hope fills my life. Hope fills my world. It truly does.

Thinking thinking.

Sigh

Published on September 5, 2018 at 6:00 by

Dumpster diving

Today i got these things from a friend from the garden. Dumpster dived. Skipped. Whatever name you give it. I can use this for the cakes i am gonna bake the end of this week. The savoury cakes i will bake for the garden work moment. Thanks!

Five kilos of wholemeal wheat flour milled in Schiedam
Lineseed oil cold-pressed
Two packs of savoury cake mix
One kilo of spelt flour milled in Schiedam
Published on September 4, 2018 at 6:00 by

Italian applecake

Apples!

I confess, this morning when i peeled and cut the apples i got from the garden, i sighed. And decided to use to of the Delcorfs new harvest i bought on the market. Because they are bigger.

The recipe i used is from smulweb.nl, a Dutch cooking website. I did do a search on duckduckgo.com for the word appeltaart, trying to find a good recipe for the Dutch appeltaart. And there i found this Italian applecake recipe. Hmm.

Ingredients

  • 150 gram butter
  • 150 gram sugar ( i used light brown sugar)
  • 4 eggs (i only had three, i added soaked lineseed for the fourth)
  • 500 gram apples
  • 150 gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 lemon, the juice and the rind
  • a bit of salt
  • 1 courgette, rasped (because i have so many and this cake is for the garden)

Method

  • preheat your oven to 180 ºC
  • melt the butter on a low fire, keep an eye on this and put out the fire once the butter is completely melted
  • peel the apples, slice them finely
  • rasp the courgette over the apples
  • rasp your lemon
  • squeeze your lemon and put it over the apple slices
  • put the sugar, salt, lemon peel and four eggs in a bowl, whisk this till it is foamy
  • add the melted butter to the apples
  • add the flour and the baking powder to the apples and mix
  • add the apples and flour and butter to the egg mixture and mix good
  • cover a 26 cm wide round springform with butter and add a spoon of flour to it and swirl it around
  • put the dough in the springform
  • bake for 40 to 50 minutes in the oven
  • put the oven out once it is done and leave the cake inside for five minutes

Enjoy!

Published on September 3, 2018 at 6:00 by

Imagine

Earlier this week i came across the original demo of Imagine by John Lennon on kottke.org. I listened to it. I was stunned. I know this song. Of course. But i never really listened. Never really paid attention.

Now i did. Wonderful. Thank you, John Lennon.

Imagine

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Published on August 31, 2018 at 6:00 by